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Hygienist Salary

Hygienists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $32.89 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Approximately one in three enjoy medical while slightly less than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,408 - $80,317
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,868
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$23.15 - $45.30
(Median)
$23
$33
$45
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,408 - $80,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,880  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,102 - $93,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$23.15 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$29.75 - $52.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,880  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$45,102 - $93,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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Job Description for Hygienist

  • Record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Examine patients teeth and gums.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $68K.

Experience Affects Hygienist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
0%

National Average
$68,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 38%